By KETRA KALUNGA
The quick intervention of President Hakainde Hichilema in the border row between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has brought peace among the people living along the boundary of the two countries, senior chief Puta has said.
Chief Puta of the Bwile people of Kaputa district in Northern Province had in January written to the head of state asking him to deal with the growing border row between Zambia and the DRC.
Chief Puta said in an interview that peace has returned to the people in the villages along the border following President Hichilema’s engagement with his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi.
He said his subjects who had left their villages because of being harassed by the Congolese soldiers have since returned and are living peacefully.
‘’My people and I are grateful, we thank the government and the President for taking the matter urgently,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, chief Puta has bemoaned the bad road network in his chiefdom which he said if not quickly attended to, would cut Kaputa district off from the rest of the province.
The traditional leader said the chiefdom was already being cut off from the rest of the province every time the area received rains.
Chief Puta said he was hopeful that the matter would be given the necessary attention with the expected visit of the vice President, Mutale Nalumango to the district.